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1:10 AM ET, January 26, 2011

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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Verizon's iPhone hot spot to cost $20 a month  —  Using Verizon's forthcoming iPhone as a mobile hot spot is going to cost subscribers $20 a month—that's on top of the required data and voice plans subscribers will already be paying for.  —  The fee, which is in line with what Verizon charges …
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David Chartier / Macworld:
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing
SayNow:
Google acquires SayNow, Inc.  —  We are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Google.  —  Since 2005, we've explored fun and entertaining ways for people to talk with each other.  Through the web, smartphones, and even land lines, our products brought communities together through the power of voice.
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Deal for SayNow to Make Google Voice More Interesting  —  I've been a Google Voice user since before it was even called Google Voice.  Back in 2007, I was fascinated by the potential of GrandCentral-the service Google acquired and transformed into Google Voice.
Discussion: Mobilized and WebProNews
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
My Life With Google Voice Number Porting, Six Months In  —  Finally, anyone can port their mobile phone number to Google Voice.  I've been doing so for the past six months.  Thinking about making the jump?  Here's my experience, which is largely good.  Plus, some thoughts on how this gives Android …
Discussion: eWeek
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Robert Dong / Google Voice Blog:
Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice  —  867-5309 could be one of the most iconic phone numbers of all time, but it's not the only number that a lot of us remember by heart.  Many of us have a phone number that we've shared with family, friends, and contacts over the years and are reluctant to let go.
Saulius Dailide / Pixelmator | Weblog:
Pixelmator Grosses $1 Million on the Mac App Store  —  I am ecstatic to announce that Pixelmator grossed a gigantic $1 million on the Mac App Store.  And that happened in only 20 short days.  —  What is even better is that the app is getting rave reviews on the Mac App Store …
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Obama plays up technology's value  —  The promise of technology heavily underpinned President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as he emphasized the importance of clean tech, broadband and science education in achieving his goal to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
Discussion: Reuters and Mashable!
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Advertising Startup Rel8tion  —  Facebook has acquired Rel8tion and the employees of the nine month-old Seattle-based startup, which has been working under the radar to develop a hyper-local mobile advertising service.  —  Facebook confirmed the acquisition in a statement …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Appeases The Tab Addicts With A Dynamic Unread Count Favicon  —  I have a confession to make: I'm completely and utterly addicted to browser tabs.  It's a sickness.  I might have 15 or 20 or more open in each window at any given time.  That's why I love Chrome.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Will.i.am named Intel's director of creative innovation  —  Will.i.am is joining Intel as its director of creative innovation.  —  The world's largest computer chip manufacturer announced the music producer and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas will contribute to the company by way of music …
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Simple Email Service  —  Like most technical endeavors, sending email is a lot harder than it looks!  The simple solutions that are entirely adequate when you have to send a couple of dozen daily emails simply don't work when you need to send out hundreds, thousands …
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Adam Maddox / @adammaddox:   1k email send price roundup: Amazon #AWS=$0.1 (+data), #SendGrid=$1.6, #PostMarkApp=$1.5, #MailChimp=$10 (better value on subscriber plan)
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Blocked In Egypt Amidst Rising Protests
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Down 4% As Q4 Beats, Q1 View Misses (Correction)  —  Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) are down 59 cents, or 4%, at $15.43 after the company this afternoon reported Q4 revenue and profit ahead of analysts' estimates, but forecast the current quarter's revenue well below expectations.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sequoia Capital raises more than $1.3 billion  —  Sequoia Capital has busted through the $1 billion target it set for its latest fund, according to a new regulatory filing.  —  The vehicle, named Sequoia Capital 2010, has secured more than $1.35 billion in capital commitments (beginning last March).
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Unhappy With Slow Growth Of Android App Purchases, Google Talks 2011 Roadmap  —  Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Facebook CTO Bret Taylor: “Mobile is the primary focus for our platform this year.”  —  If any consensus emerged around the state and health of the Facebook platform, it was that the future of it is clearly on mobile devices.  —  Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor said today …
Fred / A VC:
Building Better Social Graphs (continued)  —  I've been thinking for a while now that there will not be one social graph to rule them all (Facebook) but that we will eventually have a multitude of web/mobile services in our lives, each with a social graph we curate specifically for that service.
Discussion: Victus Spiritus
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google will hire at least 6,000 workers ‘across the board’ in 2011  —  Extending a surge that began last year and that economists said could be a positive sign for the Bay Area's economy, Google says 2011 will be its largest hiring year ever, plans that would mean the Internet giant will add more than 6,000 new workers this year.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt expects another 10 years at Google  —  (Reuters) - Outgoing Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday he expected to spend another 10 years at Google, after announcing his surprise handover last week to co-founder Larry Page.  —  Schmidt, who oversaw the company's meteoric rise …
Discussion: Guardian, Pulse2 and GMSV
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Superstar Marc Bodnick leaving Yelp, Facebook investor Elevation Partners  —  One of the most-watched private-equity partnerships in Silicon Valley is coming apart.  —  Marc Bodnick, a cofounder of Elevation Partners, is planning to leave, according to a source close to the firm.
Alex Pham / Money & Company:
Demand Media IPO priced at $17, above expectations  —  Demand Media Inc., the Santa Monica mass producer of Web content, late Tuesday priced its initial public stock offering at $17 a share, above expectations, and sold 19% more shares than anticipated.  —  The IPO values the company at just under $1.5 billion.
Los Angeles Times:
Google leases office complex in Venice  —  The Internet search giant will take over more than 100,000 square feet in three buildings, including one designed by Frank Gehry.  Its lease coincides with an announcement that it would hire more than 6,000 workers this year.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nexus S emerges in white attire, but it only covers its rear  —  Staying true to its Galaxy S forefather, the Nexus S has shown up with a new white shell, which, just as with the Galaxy S, only extends to its rear portions, leaving the front end a familiar shade of noir.
 
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